Posted in March 2012

Contraband (2012)

Contraband (2012)

mp’s rating: 3/5 An average plot movie packaged in moderately-good action. Having watched almost all the movies in the cinema, my parents and I were back again in front of the booth and asking ourselves of what movie to be watched. Contraband was not on our list, but since we have watched the six others, … Continue reading

Life updated: it’s a beautiful day

Life updated: it’s a beautiful day

I woke up this morning at 9.30am, and after a seven-hour sleep, I feel refreshed. I know that today is going to be beautiful, and it is indeed. First of all, I have new ideas about how to approach my story assignment, and my interviewee has already said yes, so I just need to schedule … Continue reading

Quarter life crisis

Quarter life crisis

I know I will have so many complains (wait, no, just a lot of bored readers who will prematurely hit the ‘x’ button for this blog) because yes, I will be ranting about how difficult life is, again, when life doesn’t turn out like the way we have planned. Oh no, wait, I haven’t planned … Continue reading

tell me what self-respect is

tell me what self-respect is

“Mom, I’m not going to get pregnant. I’m not going to do drugs. I just want to hang out with my friends, get some drinks, and have some fun.” The first time I saw those words on a Facebook friend’s update status, I paused. And those words ring in my ears ever since. They may … Continue reading

Feedback, you’re not my cup of tea either

Feedback, you’re not my cup of tea either

As a journalist, I’m too used to say, “Feel free to give any comment,” or, “Any feedback is much appreciated!” Sometimes I really do mean it, sometimes it is just a courtesy. You know, you’re just a rookie, a new kid on the block, why don’t just look nice and put that I-am-eager-to-learn-and-to-become-better attitude up … Continue reading

Tuesday’s Tale: Mrs. Chong

Remember your teachers? Remember not the lessons they have taught in school, but the lessons in life that make you who you are now? Perhaps, you remember one name. Or maybe two. Or three. Or maybe none. Coming to uni, no one really cares about you anymore. The tutors don’t see you everyday, five days … Continue reading

Raising awareness, you’re not my cup of tea

Raising awareness, you’re not my cup of tea

In an interview that I recently did, Join Silica Liong, a Fine Arts Indonesian student here in Melbourne said: “The media is where you hear and see information, and what you hear and see, you consume. You don’t trust everything that you see, but you actually pick the ones that you think it’s true.” And … Continue reading

Now, it feels like home

Published on Farrago (University of Melbourne Magazine) on Tuesday, March 6 2012. A new international student muttered this question to the girl in the mirror one day, “When will it start feeling like home?” I could see it in her eyes – fear of the new life, but there was a spark of excitement as … Continue reading

Saturday’s story: Father’s gift

Father’s Gift by unknown A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer’s showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted. As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his … Continue reading

Jack and Jill (2011)

Jack and Jill (2011)

mp’s rating: 2/5 It’s not that I don’t like Adam Sandlers, it’s just that the movie is too weird, even for a 19-year-old whose life is based on movies. Okay, that’s a bit of exaggeration, but I got to say, the movie is weird. On a side-glance, it looked like a usual chick flick, but … Continue reading

a decent life

a decent life

I know that not everyone can have a great life, but I never know that not everyone can have a decent life. Not everyone can live in a house, have a faithful husband, give birth to a healthy baby, be abuse-free or accident-free. Not everyone has the luxury to even be loved rightly by her … Continue reading

No pain no gain? The importance of being beautiful

No pain no gain? The importance of being beautiful

Published on Friday, 2 March 2011 on Meld Magazine. WHAT makes you feel beautiful? Is it makeup, clothes, shoes? Or are you a believer that beauty comes from the inside out? Meld columnist Marcella Purnama hangs up her heels after a prolonged battle between love and loathing. Photo: Jesse Therrien Here’s my self-confession: I’m not … Continue reading

Saturday’s story: On the other side

On the other side by unknown A sick man turned to his doctor, as he was leaving the room after paying a visit, and said, “Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.” Very quietly the doctor said, “I don’t know.” “You don’t know?” the man said. “You, a … Continue reading

New Year’s Eve (2011)

New Year’s Eve (2011)

mp’s rating: 3/5 Not the best chick flick, but quite good to see so many pretty and handsome faces in one movie. It’s your usual ten-stories-in-one movie. If you have watched Love Actually (about Christmas), and Valentine’s Day (about Valentine’s day), consider this one as the last piece of the trilogy: New Year’s Eve (about … Continue reading